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Johnathan M. Holifield    

Speaker/Consultant, Inclusive Competitiveness Architect, former NFL athlete & lawyer. Optimizing the Innovation Economy

The Architect of Inclusive Competitiveness – transdisciplinary policies, strategies, practices and metrics to improve the performance of disconnected Americans within the Innovation Economy – Johnathan M. Holifield is co-founder of ScaleUp Partners LLC, a nationally networked, regionally focused consultancy advancing Inclusive Competitiveness. He is State Director of Inclusive Competitiveness, Believe in Ohio, senior consultant with Insight Center for Community Economic Development and a blogger with The Huffington Post.

He is founding Vice President of Inclusive Competitiveness at NorTech; founding executive director of CincyTech; former Vice President of New Economy Enterprise at the Cincinnati USA Chamber of Commerce; former CEO of Cleveland Urban League; and former player with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Mr. Holifield holds a bachelor's in Political Science from West Virginia University, where he was elected football team captain, a master's in Educational Foundations and JD from University of Cincinnati, and is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute.

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The Inclusive Competitiveness Imperative

The national economic imperative to improve the performance and productivity of disconnected Americans - low-income urban and rural communities, Latinos, African Americans and women - through STEAM/STEM education attainment, higher growth entrepreneurship, capital formation and investment and private and public policy.

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